Free Summer Events in All 50 States
The reliably sunny weather makes it easy for Southern California cities to schedule outdoor dance parties and movie nights. The Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert series takes place at 7 p.m. every Thursday starting July 7, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Jazz at LACMA is every Friday at 6 p.m. Cal State Northridge shows summer movies every Thursday at dusk, and Alfredo's Beach Club screens Moonlight Movies on the Beach at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Long Beach.
The 27th annual Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair brings fireworks, marching bands, food vendors, carnival rides, skydivers, and, of course, lots of hot-air balloons to Hillsborough, about 30 minutes from the state capital of Concord. It's set for July 7-10 this year.
Fort Lee's Arts & Music Fest on June 5 includes two stages of entertainment, juried Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and art shows, food and craft vendors, free activities for kids, and exhibits on Main Street. The township of Toms River is throwing a big street party called Summer in the Street on July 16 with live bands, rides, games, and dozens of food vendors and craft tables. Parking and admission are free.
Giant puppets, floats, dancers, musicians, and stilt walkers and other costumed entertainers will take over University Circle in Cleveland for the Parade at the Circle & Circle Village on June 11, a 27-year tradition.